Stranded canal boat leads to RNLI emergency call

When a 15m (50 ft) canal narrow boat with two people on board broke down in the tidal River Astland, Liverpool Coastguard requested the help of Lytham St Annes Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) Sally to assist the stricken vessel to safety.

When a 15m (50 ft) canal narrow boat with two people on board broke down in the tidal River Astland, Liverpool Coastguard requested the help of Lytham St Annes Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) Sally to assist the stricken vessel to safety.

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A Fylde lifeboat crew was on hand to rescue a stricken boat left broken down in the middle of the River Ribble.

A failed engine saw the 50ft canal narrow boat marooned near the mouth of the River Astland where it joins the River Ribble, close to the BAE Systems Warton site.

The inshore Lytham lifeboat, Sally, was hailed by Liverpool Coastguard to rescue two women aboard the stranded vessel on Saturday, shortly after 1pm.

The disabled boat was found with the two occupants attempting to restart the overheated engine.

Lytham crewman Vinny Pedley went aboard the canal boat to rig a tow line to drag the stricken vessel to the entrance of Tarleton lock.

With Southport coastguard standing by to assist, Lytham helmsman Tom Stuart used the Sally to nudge the narrow boat into the safety of the lock chamber, out of the reach of the fast flowing tide in the river.

Volunteer crewman Ben McGarry later said: “The inshore lifeboat had the power to tow the large canal boat with no problem despite it being against the ebb tide.

“If the boat had been left and not towed in though she could have been in real trouble as she grounded at low water.”